The other day I was scrolling Facebook and noticed some local trainers had liked a page for the Sales Paddock App. The app claimed to be the cool new way to connect with sales horses. It hosts an easy communication tool with the owners, along with lots of filtering and sharing options. Seeing as my riding life is a little on the quiet side, I was all over this. Who isn’t looking for their unicorn right? I found my current job on an app…it’s not that crazy.
I quickly downloaded and got my account started. It begins with the basics that you find on many horse sale websites (ie Dreamhorse.com, Equinenow.com etc.).
Once you narrow your interests a bit, the app launches up with 3 main pages
- To look at horses around you
- Show “check in”
- Look up horse by trainer selling them.
Even though my region doesn’t have a ton of “really big” horse shows, I immediately thought the show check in was really neat. I know that a large portion of horse trying and buying happens at shows, and it’d be interesting as a potential buyer who is showing, to be able to see who brought what sale horse. If you’re like our area, there is also some really standout breeders and trainers, so having the ability to shop exclusively their horses is a fun feature.
As you get to looking, I would highly suggest using the additional filters at the bottom of the app to fine tune things a bit. In my case, budget and location range helped a significant amount. I was intrigued to see a lease option as well.
Since I help my trainer advertise some of her sale horses, I see value in the ability to share any ad to Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, Instagram and Email. That’s a lot of birds with one stone.
And not someone who wants to call 10 people about their elusive horse ad– no fear, you can chat with the sellers on the app itself.
In the week or two that I’ve had it on my phone, I feel like I open it every couple of days. As is the case with any sale site, it doesn’t change a lot, but a few new horses have popped up. I wish their was a way to sort the ads, but maybe that will come later.
If you’re like me and love pursuing the sale ads, and seeing what’s out there, I encourage you to download and shop around a little. Anyone else seen or used this app?
Happy (app) shopping!